The appointment of a man as a Period Dignity Officer has been met with backlash, with the move being described as ‘absurd’.
A Scottish group has hired Jason Grant in the role, which is believed to be the first of its kind in Scotland. It comes after the nation made history by becoming the first country in the world to protect the right to free sanitary products with legislation. It means that places like local councils and places of education must make pads and tampons free to those who need them.
While Mr Grant’s appointment comes in the wake of the huge advancement, the hiring of a man as a Period Dignity Officer has seen huge debate online.
Former tennis champion Martina Navratilova tweeted: “This is just f****** ridiculous. Have we ever tried to explain to men how to shave or how to take care of their prostate or whatever?!? This is absurd.”
The job description for the role explains the Period Dignity Regional Lead Officer will need to “engage with staff, partners, communities and young people in developing and delivering a campaign that stretches across our regions, raising awareness and understanding of the Period Product Act.”
Jason Scotland’s 1st period dignity officer is “absolutely buzzing” about his new job. It’s about making “anyone of any gender”aware of period products he says.
Jason, I have news for you, Only females menstruate. Any more questions? PMS? Endometriosis? https://t.co/Cw2D4NgDqa
— Susan Dalgety (@DalgetySusan) August 15, 2022
A spokesperson for the Period Dignity Working Group clarified that the role is mainly focused on project management.
“By changing the culture, encouraging debate and removing the stigma around periods, we look forward to supporting the delivery of this important work across the region.”
Mr Grant said, “I think being a man will help me to break down barriers, reduce stigma and encourage more open discussions. Although affecting women directly, periods are an issue for everyone. We’ll also raise awareness of the menopause, which, although a natural process for women, has wider repercussions in the world of work and family.
“It’s time to normalise these topics and get real around the subject. I believe I can make progress by proving this isn’t just a female topic, encouraging conversations across all genders and educating and engaging new audiences.”
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